Series11 Jul 2023

One Moment In Time: Jackie Joyner-Kersee on her 1987 world titles


Jackie Joyner-Kersee - one moment in time

Jackie Joyner-Kersee is widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes of all time.

The ultimate all-rounder, Joyner-Kersee won two Olympic gold medals and two world titles in the heptathlon. She also won two world long jump titles and the 1988 Olympic gold medal in that discipline during an international career that spanned 14 years.

She set four world records in the heptathlon, and her best of 7291 has stood as the world record for 35 years.

Joyner-Kersee earned the first of her seven global titles at the 1987 World Championships in Rome, winning the heptathlon with a still-standing championship record of 7128 – just 30 points shy of the world record at the time. Just three days later, she won the long jump title with a championship record of 7.36m.

Here, as part of our 'One Moment In Time' series, Joyner-Kersee reflects on those two gold medals she won at the 1987 World Championships in Rome.

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